Peanut Butter Criss Crosses~

Peanut Butter Criss Crosses...adapted from Dorie Greenspan

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt

2 sticks butter at room temperature

1 cup of peanut butter (I used extra chunky Jif)
1 cup of light brown sugar
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups of salted peanuts (I left these out)

Extra 1/2 cup of sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment. Whisk the dry ingredients together. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the peanut butter and beat for another minute. Add the sugars and beat for 3 minutes more. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

On low speed, add the dry ingredients, mixing only until just incorporated.

Mix in chopped peanuts if you are using them.

Put the 1/2 cup of rolling sugar into a small bowl. Working with a level tablespoonful of dough for each cookie, roll the dough between your palms into balls and drop the balls, a couple at a time, into the sugar. Roll the balls around in the sugar to coat them, then place on the baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between them.

To make the criss crosses, use a fork (dip in sugar first to avoid sticking) and press down on top of the sugar crusted cookies.

Bake for about 12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for about a minute before transferring to cooling rack. Yields 40 cookies.